See centre plans at Jubilee party

PLANS for a new community centre will go on show when neighbours gather for a Diamond Jubilee party.

Residents of Brambleside Ward, Kettering, can see the plans at a party on the proposed site between Tesco Express and Brambleside Community Primary School on Sunday, June 3.

Sue Reed, secretary of Brambleside Community Association, which has organised the party, said: “Improving the community spirit and neighbourliness would be quite nice.

“How many times do we go to work, say hello to our neighbour and that’s it? We don’t socialise.

“The party and the community centre are about building that sense of community.”

The party will feature a live band, hog roast, bouncy castle and disco. Prizes will be on offer for the best Jubilee cake and the best dressed king and queen for under-12s.

The community association is inviting the school to take part in the party.

Mrs Reed, 50, of Saxondale, Kettering, said the party would give residents a chance to have their say over the centre plans and whether they want a centre at all.

The long-awaited community centre is looking more likely as a covenant from Boughton Estates preventing the development is expected to be lifted in the next few months.

Kettering Council, which owns the land, is working with the estate to lift the covenant, with the community association paying the legal fees.

Bill Parker, county councillor for the Brambleside ward, who has campaigned for the centre for many years, said: “This has been going on for two or three years now. We had the plans on view in the school and in the newsletter with artists impressions, but it was so long ago it would be good to get it back in everyone’s minds and get them behind it.”

The party will be from 11.30am to 4pm. The community association will hold its annual meeting at the Beeswing pub, Rockingham Road, Kettering, on Thursday from 7.30pm to 9pm. For details call 01536 524252.